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WinOps conference

The WinOps conference is dedicated to ‘Windows in a DevOps World’  Its in London 24 May 2016. I’ll be speaking as will Jeffrey Snover and Ed Wilson of Microsoft.

 

More details from http://winops.org/

 

Hope to see you there

PowerShell team announcements

A few announcements from the PowerShell Team that I’m catching up on.

 

The Microsoft.PowerShell.Archive module is now open source

https://blogs.msdn.microsoft.com/powershell/2016/04/25/the-archive-module-is-now-open-source/

 

The archive module was introduced in WMF 5.0. Its now available on the PowerShell Gallery for installation on WMF 4.0. Any future updates will be through the gallery.

 

The version in the gallery is 1.0.1.0 as opposed to 1.0.0.0 that ships with WMF 5.0

 

You can now view the contents of files directly in the PowerShell gallery

https://blogs.msdn.microsoft.com/powershell/2016/04/21/view-file-content-feature-is-available-on-the-gallery/

 

A DSC toolkit for working with Amazon Web Services (AWS) is now available

https://blogs.msdn.microsoft.com/powershell/2016/04/20/aws-dsc-toolkit/

 

WMF 5.1 will become available when Windows Server 2016 ships

https://blogs.msdn.microsoft.com/powershell/2016/04/06/windows-management-framework-5-0-updates-and-wmf-5-1/

 

WMF 5.1 will contain the changes and bug fixes introduced since WMF 5.0 shipped. Many of these have been available on Windows Insider preview builds

PowerShell certifications revisited

Years ago (seems like decades so much has happened) I published my view on PowerShell certification:

https://richardspowershellblog.wordpress.com/2008/11/17/powershell-certifications/

 

A recent comment on the post asked if I still felt the same way.

 

Its not a topic I’d thought about all that much to be honest but having reflected on the matter I still believe what I wrote back in 2008 – the world doesn’t need a PowerShell certification.

 

I’ve stated it many times and will keep stating it – PowerShell isn’t important. Its what you can do with it that matters.

 

Very few people are employed as full time creators of PowerShell code –even today. They are  employed as administrators of X (and often Y, Z, A and B etc etc).

 

PowerShell provides a tool to administer most of things in your Windows environment (and quite a few non-Windows items as well). Having a certification in the

 

PowerShell language won’t help you administer Windows, Active directory, Exchange, SQL Server, VMware or network switches. You need to know what you’re doing before you can automate it!!!

 

At recent PowerShell Summits we’ve run a VERIFIED EFFECTIVE exam. The pass rates have been abysmal – and that’s for people who attended a pre-conference workshop on the topic! See:

http://powershell.org/wp/2016/04/22/verified-effective-exam-results/

 

We won’t be offering the exam at the next Summit – the results don’t measure up to the effort put into it.

 

The world isn’t really ready for a PowerShell certification and I suspect that it never will be.

PowerShell Summit 2016 recordings

The recordings from this years PowerShell Summit are now available:

http://powershell.org/wp/2016/04/13/powershell-devops-global-summit-videos-online/

https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLfeA8kIs7Coc1Jn5hC4e_XgbFUaS5jY2i

IT Ops Education program and Scholarship

Do you know a young person in the USA that is just starting their IT career and would benefit from an intensive training program and scholarship?

 

Point them to the DevOps Collective site (DevOps Collective is the parent organization for powershell.org)  https://devopscollective.org/2016/04/04/announcing-the-getgoing-it-ops-education-program-scholarship/

 

Initially this program is US only but we hope to make a global program in years to come

MVP renewal 2016

Its April first and the email arrives mid-afternoon. My MVP award has been renewed for another year (9th consecutive year)

 

I still really appreciate the recognition this award bestows and hope to keep working to make the PowerShell community even better in the next 12 months

European PowerShell Conference 2016–few places left

There are still a few places left at the European PowerShell conference next month - http://www.psconf.eu/

 

There’s a terrific line up of speakers and I really recommend you get there if you can

PowerShell Community in action

In response to this post - ttps://richardspowershellblog.wordpress.com/2016/02/29/csv-file-with-in-headers/

 

Japp Brasser wrote a function to automate header name replacements. You can find the function at https://github.com/jaapbrasser/UtilityScripts/blob/master/Import-CsvFixHeader.ps1

 

Enjoy

PowerShell Summit 2016–sold out

The last place for the PowerShell Summit has been sold. We’re at capacity so no more places can be made available.

Looking forward to seeing you all there

PowerShell Summit–Registration closing soon

Registration for the PowerShell and DevOps Global Summit will be closing in the next few days - http://powershell.org/wp/2016/02/18/last-chance-for-powershellsummit-org-registration/

 

We still have a few places left but you’ll have to hurry